Guide to the Mary Peacock Douglas Papers, 1936-1973

Summary Information

Title: Mary Peacock Douglas Papers, 1936-1973
Collection: UA.5185
Extent: 5.5 linear feet (11 boxes)
Abstract:

Mary Peacock Douglas (1903-1970) was a nationally known school librarian and author who worked in the Library Science department at Appalachian State University for many years. The Mary Peacock Douglas Papers contain correspondence, photographs, library manuals, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and papers related to library science and Douglas’ career.

Creator: Douglas, Mary Peacock, 1903-1970

Biographical/Historical Note

Mary Peacock Douglas (1903-1970) was a nationally known school librarian and author. She was born in Salisbury, North Carolina on February 8, 1903. Douglas received an A. B. from the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina in 1923, and a B. S. in Library Science from Columbia University in 1931. In 1923 Douglas took a job as an English teacher and librarian in Salisbury. In 1930 she became the first state school library advisor for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, a position she held until 1947. She next became the supervisor of school libraries for the Raleigh Public School system, where she remained until her retirement in 1969.

Douglas authored numerous books on library science and frequently conducted library workshops across the country. Her best known book “The Teacher-Librarian’s Handbook,” was widely used as a textbook to train school librarians. She regularly taught school librarianship at ASU during summer sessions in the 1950s and 1960s. Following her death, ASU received her personal collection of children's Christmas books, which forms the core of the Children's Literature Collection in Rare Books & Manuscripts.

Douglas received many honors throughout her career, including the Grolier Award, presented to her in 1958 for her many years of writing, speaking, teaching and promoting children’s reading. In 1960 she was one of two Women’s College at University of North Carolina alumni inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. In 1962 she was awarded honorary membership in Delta Kappa Gamma, an honor society for women educators. Douglas was president of both the North Carolina Library Association and the Children’s Section of the American Library Association of School Librarians. She was also the first recipient of the North Carolina Association of School Librarians “Mary Peacock Douglas” award. Douglas died of cancer on January 29, 1970.

Scope and Contents

The Mary Peacock Douglas Papers contain correspondence, photographs, library manuals, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings related to library science and Douglas’ career as a librarian. It also contains papers and articles written by Douglas.The Mary Peacock Douglas Papers contain correspondence, photographs, library manuals, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings related to library science and Douglas’ career as a librarian. It also contains papers and articles written by Douglas.

Arrangement

The Mary Peacock Douglas papers are arranged into seven series: Personal Papers, Professional Associations, School Bond Issues, Bibliographies and Reference, Standards and Training for School Librarians, Library Manuals, and Library Information. Each series is arranged alphabetically.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions.

Acquisitions Information

Donated by the Library Science Department at Appalachian State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Kelly R. Grimm, August 2011.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], UA.5185: Mary Peacock Douglas Papers, University Archives, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C., USA.

Container List

Series I: Personal Papers, 1936-1973

Series Description

This series contains correspondence, speech outlines, newspaper clippings, and tributes written to or about Douglas. It also contains articles and papers written by Douglas. This series is arranged alphabetically.

Advertisements and Pamphlets  Box 1.1
Articles and Papers Written by Mary Peacock Douglas  Box 1.2-5
Bibliography of Books in Mary Peacock Douglas Papers  Box 1.6
Cassette Tape of Dinner Honoring Eunice Query on her Retirement  Box 1.7
Correspondence 1936-1967  Box 1.8
Correspondence 1968-1973  Box 2.1
Correspondence, undated  Box 2.2
Photographs  Box 2.3
Speech Help  Box 2.4-7
Speech Outlines Box 2.8-9
Speech Outlines Box 3.1
Tributes and Newspaper Clippings, Mary Peacock Douglas  Box 3.2-3

Series II: Professional Associations, undated

Series Description

This series contains materials related to the some of the professional organizations Douglas was affiliated with, including the American Association of School Libraries and the American Library Association. It contains newsletters, bulletins and articles. This series is arranged alphabetically.

American Association of School Libraries, “School Library Development Project”  Box 3.4
American Library Association, “Education Division Newsletter  Box 3.5
American Library Association, Project on Binding  Box 3.6
American Library Association, “School Activities and the Library”  Box 3.7
American Library Association, “Standards and Bulletins”  Box 4.1
North Carolina Education Association By-laws  Box 4.2
North Carolina Library Association  Box 4.3
“School Library Bulletins”  Box 4.4
Southeastern Library Association, “The Southern Librarian”  Box 4.5
Southern States Work Conference Box 4.6
State School Libraries Supervisors Group  Box 4.7
Town, City, and County School Library Supervisors  Box 4.8

Series III: School Bond Issues, 1950-1968

Series Description

This series contains materials related to school bond issues. Douglas helped write commercials and pamphlets to support bond issues. It contains articles, papers, pamphlets, and correspondence. The series is arranged first alphabetically, then chronologically.

Governor’s Commission Report on Public Schools in North Carolina 1968  Box 5.1
School Bond Issues 1950  Box 5.2
School Bond Issues 1953  Box 5.3
School Bond Issues 1957  Box 5.4
School Bond Issues 1959  Box 5.5
School Bond Issues 1965  Box 5.6
School Bond Issues, Misc.  Box 5.7

Series IV: Bibliographies and Reference, undated

Series Description

This series contains bibliographic and reference tools, as well as information on using these tools in classrooms. It is arranged alphabetically.

Audio-Visual Information  Box 5.8
Audio-Visual Workshop Materials  Box 5.9
Bibliography of Illustrated High School Classics  Box 6.1
Dictionary Information  Box 6.2
Dictionary Learning Aids  Box 6.3
Encyclopedia Information  Box 6.4-5
Encyclopedia Learning Aids  Box 6.6
Misc. Bibliographies  Box 6.7
Music and Phonograph Bibliographies  Box 7.1
Social Studies Bibliographies, Grades 4-6  Box 7.2

Series V: Standards and Training for School Libraries, undated

Series Description

This series contains manuals used to help train school librarians. This series is arranged alphabetically.

Library Standards and Manuals  Box 7.3-4
Standards for Training School Librarians  Box 7.5-6
Training for School Librarians  Box 7.7

Series VI: Library Manuals, undated

Series Description

This series contains manuals used to introduce students to Raleigh School Libraries. This series is arranged alphabetically.

Library Manual Information  Box 8.1-2
Library Resource Manual  Box 8.3-4
Raleigh Library Manual  Box 8.5

Series VII: Library Information, 1959-1964

Series Description

This series contains information related to libraries, and includes pamphlets, reports, and a “Dewey Decimal System game.” The series is arranged alphabetically.

Book List for Librarians  Box 8.6
Christmas Materials  Box 8.7
Christmas Materials  Box 9.1
“The Effective Secondary-School Library” in “Bulletin for the National Association of Secondary-School Principals 1959  Box 9.2
Elementary School Libraries  Box 9.3
“Individually Prescribed Instruction: Education U. S. A. Special Report”  Box 9.4
Information and Speeches on Libraries  Box 9.5
Library Games, Dewey Decimal System Game  Box 9.6-8
Library Games, Dewey Decimal System Game  Box 10.1-4
Library Organizations  Box 10.5
Library Pamphlets  Box 10.6-8
Misc. Articles on the Library  Box 11.1
Partial Directory of American Poets  Box 11.2
“Resources of North Carolina Libraries” 1964  Box 11.3
“The School Library as a Materials Center”  Box 11.4
“The School Library Supervisor” Box 11.5